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IMPACT-Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit


Here I introduce new Free for Government software called "IMPACT," a geospatial tool designed to enhance situational awareness, communication, and collaboration during and for security events. It can also be used with Table-Top exercises scenarios as well. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Explosives Division (EXD) has funded research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit (IMPACT). This tool was originally funded by the DHS Office of Bombing Prevention to help bomb squads assess impacts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since its original release, IMPACT has expanded its capabilities to provide tools to assist in active shooter planning, downwind hazards from the release of dangerous chemicals, large stadium evacuation and casualty simulations, security surveys, and monitoring large event social networks for emergency response support. “IMPACT is a free, all-hazards planning tool for first responders, emergency managers, and other security professionals enabling simulation, visualization, and mapping into an integrated user interface similar to a PC, smart phone, or tablet.” First responders can use it for planning, situation awareness, and response to natural and man-made disasters, and it uses common data formats to easily exchange data with other map-based tools.


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•Simple to use by non-GIS professionals

•Custom map making and data collection

•Con-ops simulation for table-top exercises

•Real-time data feeds for situational awareness

•GPS tracking of people and assets

•Automated report generation

•Desktop or laptop operation (tablets via remote desktop)

•Windows, Macintosh, and Linux support

•Operational with or without a network connection in the field



Some possible uses include:

•IED, evacuation, and shooter line-of-sight table-top exercises

•Search and rescue operations

•Severe weather monitoring/alerting with geofences

•Hazard impacts to population using built-in population database

•Use in response vehicles for asset tracking/webcam damage surveys

•Special event and shelter placement planning

•Radio communications tower placement

•Traffic/security web camera monitoring

•Tracking health issues over time

•Sharing geo-tagged cell phone photos in real time



IMPACT is currently being used and evaluated by more than 400 agencies at the federal, state, and local levels including the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and police departments at the state and local levels. This Geographic Information System tool specifically tailored for counter-improvised explosive devices, homemade explosives, active shooter responses, and first responder use. IMPACT allows responders to conduct both live and table top exercises for simulated active shooter and IED attacks. The tool is Section 508 compliant, enabling it to be used across the federal government and by its mission partners.





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